Do These Fossils Show Evolution?

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We should look at the evidence

Before taking an evolutionist’s word for it that a fossil organism evolved, we should look at the evidence.

To Darwinians, evolution is so intuitive and confirmed, they don’t even need to question it. This means that they have lost their ability to think critically about evidence. Those outside the obligatory Darwin-worshiping cult, however, maintain their ability to separate empirical evidence of fossils from the quasi-religious evolutionary stories told about them.

Decade of fossil collecting gives new perspective on Triassic period, emergence of dinosaurs (Phys.org). This article starts with two articles of moyboy [“millions of years, billions of years”] Darwinian storytelling about the unobserved past. Perceptive readers can skip over the orthodoxy and get to the actual fossils.

A project spanning countries, years and institutions has attempted to reconstruct what the southern end of this world looked like during this period, known as the Triassic (252 to 199 million years ago). Led by paleontologists and geologists at the University of Washington, the team has uncovered new fossils in Zambia and Tanzania, examined previously collected fossils and analyzed specimens in museums around the world in an attempt to understand life in the Triassic across different geographic areas.


Collecting and sorting fossils is sound scientific practice, but does a global Darwinian story jump out of individual fossils in southern Africa? No one doubts that extinct animals really existed, like the gorgonopsian (“a distant mammal relative”), the procolophonid (“a lizard-like reptile”) and Teleocrater, “an early dinosaur relative that walked on four crocodile-like legs.” The names and descriptions were assigned by humans, of course, not spoken by the animals (“Hi! I’m a gogonopsian, a distant mammal relative!”). We can whisk past the details of the fossil hunters’ camping and hiking experiences. But then we find the article traipsing away, never delivering any actual evidence that any of these originated by blind processes of mutation and selection. They appear in the fossil record as fully formed and complex animals. Then they disappeared. That’s extinction, not evolution…

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image credit: Juan Carlos Cisnero